The WinXP beta newsgroups are all abuzz about the RTM this afternoon. Half the messages are asking "When can we download?" a quarter asking, "Are we getting free copies?" , an 8th are speculating on the build number for the RTM (I'm running RC2, 2505, the latest intermediate build available for D/L was 2542), and the last 8th are screaming, "Stop asking for free product! Stop asking for the RTM! Stop saying goodbye! etc..."
I've enjoyed the beta immensely. I've NEVER had a more stable windows than what I've been running since March. MS has put a ton of effort into it, and they deserve all the good press they are getting. They deserve the bad press too, but there really isn't that much bad about XP other than the authentication. And I can't disagree with it. I can see problems with it, but, hey, they own the code, they could require a dongle for every copy and we'd have to accept it. (in fact, I'll bet if they sold a dongled version, then it would sell. Turn off your computer, take your dongle to your laptop, turn it on, etc. Smacks of one person, one license system, which, IMO is better than one computer one license. Think of all the computers running right now that are doing nothing.)
The basement is coming along. We have 1/2 the furring strips up agains the one wall that is getting them. I was surprised at how easy it is to handle the powder nail gun against the wall, I thought I'd have trouble. The only trouble I'm having is that the nails still aren't penetrating a full inch even with the yellow (strongest) powder charges. But they don't stick out more than 3/8 of an inch, so the drywall will hide the heads. Hoping we'll get all the exterior done tonight, and maybe two interior doors, then I can convince Raelyn to let me put the other materials on credit so I can finish the interior walls and doors tomorrow. Then comes the wiring, which can be done in a few nights. Yay!!